5 Ways to Make Your Period Eco-Friendly
Tampons, pads and pantyliners can create a heck of a lot of trash quickly. On average, one woman will use up to 16,000 period products in her lifetime. Yikes. Eco-friendly gals want to make changes to our lives to be more green — like swapping out our beauty products for natural alternatives or bringing a reusable coffee cup to our favorite caffeinated hot spot. But since we can’t exactly tell Aunt Flo to slow her roll, earth-friendly reusable products are a great start to greening your period. If you’ve been curious how to use a menstrual cup or cotton pads or even what they are, here’s a basic primer to get started.
1. MaiaHipster Lunapanties ($35): Made with organic and cotton materials, these panties are specially lined with extra absorbent material to handle your light flow days or as backup for a menstrual cup. Lunapanties come in various styles and colors, even a thong version, so we don’t have to don dreaded granny panties during that time of the month. The Mai or Alexandria styles feature a cotton insert that you can swap out throughout the day.
4. Jade and Pearl Sea Sponge 2-Pack ($21): These naturally occurring organisms are biodegradable and sustainably harvested. Since these sponges are au natural, they come in three different shapes and sizes (small, medium and large). A simple wash, rinse and air dry is all you need to do to keep these sea pearls clean. Fans of the sea sponge rave about being able to wear it during sex and report no leaks.